Fair favorites are returning too, with demolition derby, extreme rodeo, junior livestock auction, exhibits, kids' park, pig races, carnival games, fair food, and of course, the rides.
Back as well will be the sound of hooves rumbling through downtown for the third annual opening day cattle drive. But this summer will be residents' last chance to see the live cattle drive in Pleasanton, as fair officials plan to do away with the parade next year.
"We are looking forward to the 'Last Ride' of our opening day cattle drive," said Angel Moore, vice president of business development. "It has been a wonderful opening celebration, but the Alameda County Fair is always changing and evolving. We want to be able to create new, fun experiences that will keep all our fair-goers excited about attending year after year."
The 2019 cattle drive will begin at 10:30 a.m. on opening day, June 14. More than 150 large steer, along with cowgirl and cowboy handlers on horseback and on foot, will lead the procession from the fairgrounds' Rose Avenue Gate, down Del Valle Parkway and continue on to Main Street and then back to the fairgrounds.
The cattle drive kicks off an opening weekend with a "Western Weekend" theme.
In all, the 2019 Alameda County Fair will run for three and a half weeks during the summer, starting on June 14 and closing July 7 -- open Wednesdays through Sundays, with closure days on all Mondays and Tuesdays.
Hours are 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. daily, except for Independence Day when the fair will close early at 8 p.m.
Every night, other than July 4, the fair will host the Big O Tires free concert series from 8-9:15 p.m., featuring all sorts of musical acts and a fireworks show after each performance.
Singers and bands on the schedule for this summer include WAR on opening night and Vince Neil (lead singer of M
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